On Friday 28th April, Rushey Mead hosted a Google Expeditions Day (@googlevr) delivering virtual reality lessons to 300 students across KS3 and KS4. This was a great opportunity to explore the impact of VR within teaching and learning across a range of subjects. Digital Champions from each subject area led a 30 minute VR lesson to enhance their curriculum.
With Google Expeditions, students can experience field trips without leaving their classroom. Imagine exploring coral reefs or the surface of Mars in an afternoon! With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys. Expeditions allows a teacher acting as a “guide” to lead classroom-sized groups of “explorers” through collections of 360° and 3D images while pointing out interesting sights along the way and asking immersive, challenging questions to deepen thinking around a topic.
- “It was great. Brand new experience. A whole new world!”
- “Made me think about the world outside of mine and opened my eyes.”
- “Being able to see dinosaurs and Sharks was really great”. It was good to go to historical sites (virtually) and understand more about where events happened. “It helped you understand it more.”
- “Allowed me to see places I might never be able go to. Magic!”